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Beyond the Box takes on conventionally accepted ideas about who we are, our existence, and our collective consciousness - and challenges them. Some of the topics are brutal, but only in as much as they challenge the status quo, the mediocrity, that teaches us to accept our limitations and tries to subjugate us to false ideas and false masters - keeping people thinking and seeing only the inside of the box, and not the amazing potentials and freedoms beyond it. Here at Beyond the Box, we won't mince words. The gloves are off and our agenda is simple: raise our collective consciousness about ourselves and our world, and help advance our culture to new highs, where war, racism, hatred and ethnic and sexual objectification are written in the history books, no longer a part of a unified culture on its way to the stars. 


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Are we our brains?

The problem with discussing this particular subject at all is that so many "authorities" in the world, in scientific and medical circles, even motivational and inspirational, are proponents of the theory that our thoughts, our impulses - the very matrix of our personalities and who we are, reside entirely in the 

chemical and neurological byways of the gray matter, about 3 pounds of meat in our skulls. It's a popular theory, and of course, it gets endorsement from scientists who have measured responses from certain parts of the brain, claiming that the prefrontal lobe just behind our foreheads, is the source of our creativity, while another small part deals with expressing language, and yet another is responsible for understanding language, on and on. Now, here's the thing, the neural responses of our brains might suggest that those parts of the brain are somehow connected with various functions we engage in, but to conclude that the gray goop is the source of those impulses, and thus, the source of who we are, is not consistent with true science. Science is, by definition, a system of proven or provable facts. No one has systematically proven that the brain is the source of our thoughts, drives, emotions or otherwise. 

Possibly, although no doubt terribly upsetting to the scientify community, it would be more accurate to view the brain as a relay, like the CPU (Central Processing Unit) inside your smart phone or computer, which receives, interprets and then relays commands to the phone or computer to execute what you asked it to do. Even if such an anology was closer to the truth, the CPU, the brain, is NOT the source. The  electromagnetic waves that reach your phone or computer are also not the source. The primary and actual source is the person who presses the button - YOU, and YOU are not your brain. In other words, if the CPU of a computing device can be compared to the human brain, then it is logical to assume another "theory" and one, in fact, which aligns with actual sciencific fact - that the human brain is nothing more than a giant CPU, a receipt point and relay station for commands, or directives, coming from somewhere else.

It is easy to just buy into the whole "we are the net sum of our brains" hypothesis which the scientific, medical and even pharmaceutical communities are selling, because it gives closure on a very poorly understood zone, and it abdicates us of full responsibility for our lives, because of course, the brain is a component, and components can malfunction; but as a theory, it doesn't hold up, and it doesn't explain, but rather, dismisses the most profound subject of all - our spirituality. 

Let's take another perspective. 

The scientific community does not endorse the spiritual realm, casting that off as the field of religion, mysticism or the paranormal - either because they can't prove conclusively the existence of the human soul as entirely separate from the body, or,  it doesn't make money, and they don't want to because to do so would cause a massive disruption in the status quo - requiring the rewrite of text books over the past century - at least. 

If the brain is the source of who we are, the totalitly of our existence, how is it then that so many people (reportedly upwards of 1 in 5 walking the streets) have had out-of-body experiences (whether they knew it or not), many of whom came to the realization that they were divisible from their physicality, the body, and could function without residing inside that tiny little space called the head?

I myself, on at least three occasions in my life, have had out-of-body experiences of such magnitude that it proved to me, beyond all resonable doubt, that I was a separate, entirely divisible entity from my body, and that I was still able to control my body from a distance, and if anything, at best, the brain was just a console to operate it with. 

I'm not relating something new here. People have been aware of their spirituality for eons - long before organized religion came along professing such, and most of us have a cognizance of being something more than just the meat and bones we drag around every day. The problem is that another paradigm is being sold to us. Moreover, the "we are just a brain" theory is being sold as fact these days, and in ten or twenty or more years, the next generation, if they buy into it, will be selling it even harder. And worse, if it becomes "accepted" fact, the scientific community is already busily working to convince you and I that our personalities are encompassed within the neuropathic byways between our synapses, and that our behaviour is genetic. When that becomes "accepted" science, you are looking at a society where behavioural identification and modification are the domain of science, and moreover, the entitlement of other agencies to use in the control of the populace. If the criminal personality is identified as genetic, that would mean that my great great grandfather, who was a thief or murderer, would make me potentially the same - and of course, the law enforcement agencies, based on the accreditation of the scientific community, would use this material to begin a whole new level of identification and classification.

It sounds terribly Orwellian, I know, but all fiction and drama aside, the very fact that today, as we speak, a large portion of the population has bought into this theory already, that their brains are them, and vice-versa, is a clear warning that the next inevitability is just waiting for us around the corner.

There will be some, or many, who will say, "Yeah, but who are you to challenge scientists." 

I challenge it because it needs to be challenged. Understanding who we are is the MOST important piece of certainty in our lives. By doing so, we can shape the future of society, we can truly make a world where equality and justice exists, where war and racism and hatred are things spoken off in documentaries.

Thomas Gray in his Ode coined the term, "ignorance is bliss" - and of course, choosing ignorance over the truth apparently abdicates one of his/her responsibility for their lives, but in the end, in the very long end, assuming we are so much more than the one-lifetime we live, isn't that ignorance leading one 

into a very dark hole?

In my book, Deception People, I present a fictional talk in the introduction, which offers up another perspective on the human brain - one that opens the door to establishing the truth of who we are, and not some platform of who we are not.


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